Kara Webb is a veteran CrossFit Games athlete (four appearances at the Games), renowned for her versatility and strength. At 26-years-old, she still has plenty left in the tank, but she emptied it entirely during her one and only attempt at 16.2 over the weekend.
Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
15 squat cleans, 135 / 85 lb.
If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
13 squat cleans, 185 / 115 lb.
If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
11 squat cleans, 225 / 145 lb.
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If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.
If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.
Stop at 20 minutes.
Since Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson and Dan Bailey first attempted the workout during the live announcement last Thursday, plenty of athletes have managed to clear the final set of seven squat cleans at 315/205lbs. Yet no-one has come close to finishing all 430 reps in under 16 minutes. No-one, that is, except Kara Webb, who astonishingly finished the workout in 15:07.
To put her performance in context, as it stands, the second fastest woman in 16.2 is Michele Letendre, who finished 17:31. The fastest male athlete is Gudmundsson, who finished in 18:19.
Is Webb’s performance in 16.2 the most dominant we will see in this Open, or perhaps of any Open to this point?